John Coffey

in The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560608
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature


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This article examines the religious aspects of the English Revolution. The impact of religion is seen in events such as Parliament's seven years of monthly fast days between 1642 and 1649; the executions of Catholic priests; the mass ejection of royalist and Episcopal clergy; William Dowsing's iconoclastic purge of the churches and chapels of East Anglia; the witch-hunt spearheaded by Matthew Hopkins in the same Puritan heartlands; the abolition of episcopacy and the execution of Archbishop Laud; the years of intense debate within the Westminster Assembly of Divines; the prayer meetings of the New Model Army Council; and the birth and dramatic rise of the Quakers. The spectre of religion was also evident in the revolution's major players and print culture of the 1640s and 1650s.

Keywords: English Revolution; Civil War; religion; print culture; revolutionary years; Reformation

Article.  9462 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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